Dollansky Reclaims Point Lead with Terre Haute Victory By Kendra Jacobs Terre Haute, IN (June 30)-Craig Dollansky is back on top of Gumout Racing Series point standings after taking the checkered in the 25-lap feature event. Dollansky now leads...
Dollansky Reclaims Point Lead with Terre Haute Victory
By Kendra Jacobs
Terre Haute, IN (June 30)-Craig Dollansky is back on top of Gumout Racing Series point standings after taking the checkered in the 25-lap feature event. Dollansky now leads McMahan by eight points.
Dollansky, in the Karavan Racing Maxim, started on the outside front row in the "A" Feature, alongside of pole-sitter Jeff Shepard. Shepard took the early lead on the high side, while Dollansky ducked low to take the lead away. The #7 sprinter came up short coming out of turn two.
Before a lap was completed, the #21B of Bob Burkle tagged the rear of Blake Feese's machine, causing both to spin in turn two. Feese was able to restart on the tail of the field. Burkle retired to the pits for the evening.
Shepard again jumped out into the lead as the green fell. Dollansky filed in behind, with the #9H of Shane Stewart following. Paul McMahan in the Warren Johnson owned #U2 ducked low, taking the position away from Stewart as the second yellow of the night fell. Kevin Briscoe had stopped on the backstretch. The car was pushed into the pit area for the rest of the evening.
At the restart, Shepard was all all alone out front while Stewart battled Dollansky for the second position. McMahan and Randy Kinser raced wheel-to-wheel at the flagstand coming into lap three for fourth position. McMahan took over the position on the following lap.
Shepard held a straightaway lead on Dollansky, as the yellow fell on lap five. Bud Kaeding in the BK Racing owned sprinter has spun low in turn four. Kaeding restarted on the tail. At the restart it was Shepard, Dollansky, Stewart, McMahan, and Randy Kinser in the top five.
Before the field could complete another lap, Blake Feese brought out the yellow as he slowed to a stop in turn one. Feese did not restart.
Dollansky had nothing for Shepard as the green fell once again. Brad Furr charged to take fifth position away from Kinser, but fell short. On lap eight, Furr did pass Kinser, as 20th starting Jason Meyers passed Boston Reid for seventh position.
Lap nine saw Stewart's Holbrook Motorpsorts sprinter brush the wall as he went extremely high in turn four, allowing McMahan to take over third. Stewart slowed on lap 10, due to mechanical problems. Ricky Logan hit Stewart's car coming out of turn two, causing Logan's Fastrax Racing #4 to turn over. Neither car was able to restart the race.
Dollansky made a daring dive to the inside of Shepard. As the Polydome #7 slid to the high side, Shepard checked up allowing Dollansky to take the lead. Dollansky instantly commanded an eight car lengths lead over the previous race leader.
Shepard began to close in lap-by-lap as Dollansky entered lapped traffic on lap 15. Shepard was on Dollansky's tail two laps later fighting for the lead once again. Coming out of turn two, Shepard's #4J slid high on the track giving Dollansky a straightaway lead.
The field fell under caution again on lap 21, as Jimmy Carter in the #14C spun. During the caution, Kraig Kinser pulled into the pit area as smoke had started to stream out of his machine.
With four laps remaining, Dollansky again pulled out into the lead. Shepard continuously closed the gap between he and the leader. As the white flag dropped, Shepard had cut Dollansky's lead in half. Shepard could not make up the ground coming out of turn four.
Dollansky took home his third win of the Gumout Racing Series season. Shepard finished second, followed by Paul McMahan, Brad Furr, and Randy Kinser.
Brad Furr earned the Huggins Fast Time Award with a time of 16.807. Jeff Shepard had a qualifying time of 16.640 which would have earned him the Huggins Fast Time Award. However, Shepard missed his qualifying spot and Gumout Racing Series rules state that anyone missing their spot will receive only one lap, and can not be scored any higher than 17th in qualifying standings.
Ricky Logan received the Frankland Hard Luck Award for ending his night early on lap nine. Jason Meyers earned his sixth KSE Hard Charger Award for his move from a 20th starting position to a sixth place finish.
The Gumout Racing Series travels to Lake Odessa, Michigan to make-up last Satureday's event at New 96 Speedway tomorrow night. On Monday, the series will compete at the Raceway at Powercom Park in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.